While attempting to show us the common hazards which cause workers to lose their balance, this film has more slapstick than most Three Stooges shorts - the films hero fall down more than thirty times. Its not clear whether the film was meant to be funny as workers probably were laughing at this poor schnook more than learning from his mistakes.
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May 12, 2011 Subject:
"a shortcut — to the hospital"
Listen carefully at around 4:23. What kind of music IS that?
December 13, 2009 Subject:
Please, God, don't let me die wearing a brown jumpsuit.
January 15, 2008 Subject:
I work in the small colorful dowel manufacturing industry. I never relised it was so dangerous. I will hire a person to pick up all those left over dowel rods that are left laying on the floor. Thank you for this timely film. It just might save me a fall.
March 26, 2006 Subject:
A cavalcade of incompetence
Produced by the National Safety Council, Down and Out provides viewers with examples of virtually every possible way people can fall and injure themselves. An innocent-looking yet horribly inept worker clad in a brown worksuit serves to illustrate every single slip and trip, leaving viewers to ruminate about the cost of his life insurance premiums. The film's colorful warehouse setting and the inclusion a cartoonish, oversized wrench undermine the tone of the film's narrator, who is quite serious about the importance of keeping one's balance. Regardless of what one might make of the presentation style, however, the film is still as relevant as when it was first released.
January 6, 2006 Subject:
Although this is a favorite of a lot of people, I find it just ok, although I can see why people love it so much (I've actually shown it on "open cinema" nights to a great reception) this to me gets boring just a little too quickly. Essentially it's about a guy who falls on EVERYTHING. from stairs to paperclips. I dunno, I think paying attention and watching where you're going might do the trick, although it's strangely not mentioned in the film..
December 26, 2005 Subject:
Maybe attire could help
Advice to the guy in the film: WEAR WORK BOOTS! You might be slipping around the warehouse beacuse of the leather-soled wing tips you're wearing.
Reviewer:left wing films
December 1, 2005 Subject:
learn is fun
yes that's it guys this is a very funny film
Its totally worth the download
also the aesthetics are way cool
I can only rate it 5 stars+++++
April 13, 2005 Subject:
very 60s/70s esque
Ok before I get into this review I want to say that my former teacher lost his job because he fell off a latter hit his head and now suffers short term memory loss. Having said that I'm sure alot of people will find this short a lot more humorous than I did, and to a certaint extent it is kind of chuckle-worthy how they just have one actor who's job it is essentially to fall in every scene. Regardless of weather or not you think this is a relevant issue this is a wierd movie, as I said earlier essentially it's one man falling over and over again. The set, well you can tell that this was shot in a sound studio. and thus it brings to mind such prelinger movies as "Helping Johny Remember" "Holiday from Rules" and "Westinghouse Air Conditioning Comercial." The soundtrack is pretty good too. I'm going to give this a 5 I think the film is an intresting presentation on this underlooked problem in the workplace.
September 18, 2004 Subject:
This safety film about fall prevention has one actor in it who is required to fall over and over and over again, poor shmoe. After awhile, you begin to wonder about the workplace safety conditions of this stunt man, that is, if you're not busy laughing at all his pratfalls.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: **. Overall Rating: ***.